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7/8/2014 3:44:00 PM
Letter: Independents should make their voices heard en masse

Editor:

Hopefully, Independents on the Permanent Early Voter List (PEVL) don't need to be reminded July 12 is the last day to request a Partisan Primary Ballot in the mail.

Unlike the rest of us, you guys have the option to participate in the selection of either major party's candidates for Governor, for Attorney General, for Superintendent of Public Instruction, for U.S. Representatives, and all other partisan offices. Not only that, you have the votes to decide every competitive Primary race.

This option was hard won. Ultra-partisans in both parties would love an excuse to kill it. I can't imagine why you'd intentionally give them one by not voting en masse.

However, if you don't call the County Registrar by July 12, you will receive a non-partisan ballot in the mail.

You can only exchange it for a partisan ballot in person, with a valid I.D.

And since election-day poll workers can't change "voted by mail" to "voted at poll" in the Registrar's database and verify your signature on the spot, you'll have to vote provisionally.

Which wipes out both the convenience of voting by mail and the extra privacy & security of voting a regular ballot at the polls. Not to mention slowing down the final count.

The Registrar's Office told me there's an alternate plan for PEVL's who miss deadlines or change their mind for any reason. Between July 31 and August 22, they can bring their Mail Ballot to the County Vote Center in Cottonwood (10 S. 6th Street) or in Prescott (1015 Fair Street) and vote a regular ballot in the usual way. The County centers are set up to facilitate voter participation all ways from Sunday.

If convenience is important to you, though, you really should save yourself the trip.

Call the County Registrar, (928) 771-3248, now.

July 12 is this coming Saturday.

T. Hearn

Clarkdale


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Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014
Article comment by: Election correction

The County Recorders Office will not mail any ballot to PEV Independents who have not informed the Registrar of Voters which Primary ballot they want.

This is a very good decision. The fewer unvoted ballots there are in circulation, the more chance this Primary has of being certified (which last year's overrides are not and never will be).

One more reason for responsible voters to remove themselves from the PEVL altogether and vote at the polls so that every ballot can be accounted for.

Cassandra of Yavapai County


Posted: Friday, July 18, 2014
Article comment by: Mary Heartman

@ Terry Perrell
My family had the same thing happen, and it is a little irritating to get packets that begin "Dear loyal Democrat/Republican" and go on about how important your support is to your party. But I believe this was corrected after the 2010 election. None of us vote by mail so I don't know how that works. However, voting at the polls, you don't have to temporarily change your registration any more. If you're listed as OTH, the poll workers ask which one you want.

Besides, what's really wrong with getting pitches from both major parties? The national committees pay for printing and postage, not Arizona taxpayers. No one's forcing you to kick in $15 or more to "process" your opinions on their agendas and candidates. They're relatively devoid of opponent bashing and do contain at least a glimmer of where the party stands on what it considers major issues. Read it or toss it--or if it bothers you enough to skip the Primaries, tell them to take you off their mailing list.


Posted: Saturday, July 12, 2014
Article comment by: Peter, Yavapai County

Independents should request a Republican primary ballot since there are multiple Republicans running in every race. Independents will help choose WHICH Republican runs in the general election.

Think about it.


Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

Don't believe a word of it.Their trying to suck us back in.
If they in fact have the plutonium Isreal will
find it and destroy tHE PUCKS.
praise the LORD and pass the uranium rockets.
Job done.Pass out the sunscreen


Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

The economy is turning the corner.Have we
learned to save or tax and spend.Saving
go'es nowhere right.
You can't get gov help unless you hide all your
money and cry poverty.If thats your choice vote Democratic.If you have a backbone and
want to live self sufficiant and be proud vote
Republican.If you just don't care vote independent.I choose to vote independent.


Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

Try uniting military families,veterans and
supporters.They know sacrifice,budgeting
dispare,triump,sticking together and thats their
sore points.(lol)
Theres one other thing,they never give up or
quit.
If politicians are taking money why not a Veteran getting the perks.They earned it.


Posted: Thursday, July 10, 2014
Article comment by: uncommon sense uncommon sence

Try uniting military families,veterans and
supporters.They know sacrifice,budgeting
dispare,triump,sticking together and thats their
sore points.(lol)
Theres one other thing,they never give up or
quit.
If politicians are taking money why not a Veteran getting the perks.They earned it.


Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Article comment by: Why am I not surprised?

Since we requested partisan ballots in 2010, we've received a stream of campaign materials and fundraising ploys. My family and I really don't want to encourage them for the sake of choosing between the lesser of two evils. Once per election cycle is enough, thank you.

Terry Perrell


Posted: Tuesday, July 8, 2014
Article comment by: william gauslow

Trying to organize independents is the equivalent of hearding of cats. Besides independents like to be aloof. They can't make a decision on what side of the fence to stand. Make a decision and you can always change at another date. Or, are just so aloof, staying without an opinion suits you just fine. Pick a lane. Drive on.



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